Friday, June 26, 2009

Micheal Jackson Dies After A Heart Attack

Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50.

The person said Jackson died in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.

Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

His 1982 album "Thriller" — which included the blockbuster hits "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" — remains the biggest-selling album of all time, with more than 26 million copies.

He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation, known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves and his high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters. His single sequined glove, tight, military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses were trademarks second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.

By some measures, he ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time. In fact, he united two of music's biggest names when he was briefly married to Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.

As years went by, he became an increasingly freakish figure — a middle-aged man-child weirdly out of touch with grownup life. His skin became lighter, his nose narrower, and he spoke in a breathy, girlish voice. He surrounded himself with children at his Neverland ranch, often wore a germ mask while traveling and kept a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles as one of his closest companions.

In 2005, he was cleared of charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003. He had been accused of plying the boy with alcohol and groping him. The case took a fearsome toll on his career and image, and he fell into serious financial trouble.

Jackson was preparing for what was to be his greatest comeback: He was scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at a London arena, with the first set for July 13. He was in rehearsals in Los Angeles for the concert, an extravaganza that was to capture the classic Jackson magic: showstopping dance moves, elaborate staging and throbbing dance beats.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital as word of his death spread. The emergency entrance at the UCLA Medical Center, which is near Jackson's rented home, was roped off with police tape.

"Ladies and gentlemen, Michael Jackson has just died," a woman boarding a Manhattan bus called out, shortly after the news was annunced. Immediately many riders reached for their cell phones.

In New York's Times Square, a low groan went up in the crowd when a screen flashed that Jackson had died, and people began relaying the news to friends by cell phone.

"No joke. King of Pop is no more. Wow," Michael Harris, 36, of New York City, read from a text message a friend sent to his telephone. "It's like when Kennedy was assassinated. I will always remember being in Times Square when Michael Jackson died."

Brasil Will Now Play USA In The Final

I droped a note on my friend blog at Gamegist that i probably wouldn't have watched the final of the confederation cup if Brazil didn't make it to the final. I am sure a lot of people wouldn't too. The thing is having watched USA knocked out Spain shattering a 15 straight wins record and 33 games unbeated since 2006, i wasn't too happy because i had dreamt of a Brazil VS Spain Final.

So when at 88 minutes, Brazil and S0uth Africa were still at 0-0 i wasn't really happy.

It is no body'd fault that we have all come to enjoy the way brazil plays the ball. For me, i love to see teams who play that kind of football win games. Just like Barcelona because it promotes the fact that football should be played that way.

I remember an English journalist once wrote he'd prefer Arsenal winning the league if united fails to. According to him, if Chelsea wins the league again, it will give the wrong impression, the best way to play football, is the way Chelsea plays.

Now i really see from his perspective. Thank Good Brazil made it.
As an African, i am expected to side with my South African brothers. But i am more for the panache put into the game than who exactly is playing. Let's see what USA have got to Offehr. From the way they dealt with Spain, it just might be the kind of match I crave.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Super Eagles, Don't Make Us Cry!

capt.d7ec80458d244d5c95cd8d8a1ab89c2a.ghana_soccer_african_cup_xth149 This photo brings back memories of the sorrows that the super Eagles fans were subjected to after the eagles got knocked out of the last Africa Nations Cup in Ghana. My prayers are that we should not see this kind of emotional turmoil of our fans again as the world cup approaches. In my mind of minds, i know the Eagles will qualify bearing in mind the caliber of players we have got. But there is a limit to individual expression of natural skills and talent. There always come a time in tournaments of these nature when the game is no longer played on the pitch but on the benches. Question is, when that time comes, will the Eagles bench rise up to the occasion?

The current technical crew will be called to question at this point. Everyone is entitled to make mistakes but once in a while not all the time. When mistakes become repeated, it only shows how inept the culprit is and should deserve every form of rebuke at his/her door steps. However, mistakes can be forgiven if the perpetrator accepts fault and immediately traces his or her steps.

Today we have in Nigeria, a football federation that has got it all wrong from the onset and in desperation have been putting the coach under immense pressure to perform. A coach that we all know has already offered the best he's got! The most honorable thing to do at this time is to come out openly to accept blame for employing Amodu Shuaibu, and hand the job over to Sampson Siasia.

We need a coach Nigerians believe in and will support. Siasia has got the support of the fans and that will make his job easier especially when it comes to dealing with the big players ego. Nigerian football fans have never hidden their preference of Siasia for the Super Eagles job, but the NFF in it's lack of wisdom had opted for Amodu.With that decision gone wrong right before us, the NFF is still playing the ostrich, waiting for the big damage to arrive.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Barry: Just typical liars!

Again the love of money has reared its ugly head in football. A few seasons ago, it was the turn of Thiery Henry to face the mouth lashing of fans for telling everyone he would rather die an Arsenal Player only to leave for Barcelona when no body expected it. cristiano_ronaldo
His departure had left the fans shattered and was probably the Gunners saddest transfer window in History. While they have lost  some very good players in recent time, the loss of their Legend was just too much.
Then, this summer, despite all that we have heard from Christiano Ronaldo how his future belongs in Old Trafford, we have just been told that he requested a transfer to Real Madrid and is said to have been accepted though the deal has till June 30th to be rounded up. Sir Alex is probably tired of begging him to stay every summer.
The truth is actually that, while he tells the world how much he longed to stay at United, he was secretly listening to offers from Madrid.barry
The most shameful episode so far is from Villa Park. Barry had earlier on in the season claimed that all the talk about him wanting away from the Park was now over as he was concentrating in doing well with Villa to claim a champions league place. As a matter of fact, the only reason he had wanted to leave was to play in the champions league. At the end, one can't really understand what happened to that Champions league dream. Gareth Barry has since moved to Manchester city, a team that apart from the $$$$$$ oozing from the Sheik, has nothing else to boast of. Not even a champions league place.
It seems at the end, what is more important today is the money. However, in Kaka, football probably still has hope.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tunis-Super Eagles Last Chance Of Redemtion

Each time i come online to place a post about the super eagles, i can't help hating myself for having so much pessimism about our chances of qualification for the world cup. I know by now many who are frequent readers of my blog may have started hating me already especially for being "so unpatriotic".

You never know. You probably don't want the Super Eagles to have a good outing as much as i do.
From the beginning, my problem has been with the penchant of our NFF to set the bar so low when it should be high and so high when it should be low.

Till tomorrow, i will maintain that the decision to appoint Amodu as the Eagles coach was a blunder. I do not think the eagles should be worrying about qualifying for the world cup but rather, how far they will go at the world cup.
We have failed to plan once again, and now we hear trumpet blowers telling whoever cares to hear that everyone should rally round Amodu. While i have no problem with that, i maintain it wouldn't have been necessary especially at this stage we have done our home work and made the right decisions when we had time on our side.

Our dream should be surpassing our previous records at the world cup and if the NFF had that in mind, they should have known that the current technical crew headed by Amodu Shuaibu has not the technical-know-how to achieve that.
So for me it is painful and derogatory that we are once again at the mercy of another country as far as our world cup campaign is concerned. I am afraid! I don't just want to think it.

May we qualify i hope. At this moment for me, i am already thinking of the next world cup for i know that even if we manage to qualify, this team really has nothing to offer. Amodu dosen't have it. We should all hold the NFF responsible.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Agreed Super Eagles Beat France But ....................Amodu Ain't shit!

I have never supported the choice of Amodu as Super Eagles coach. Not that i have anything against Amodu as a person or as a coach.
My poblem is with Amodu being the Super Eagles coach.
I have watched Amodu as super Eagles coach and have never been confinced is technical know-how or technical-not-know how is for super Eagles stuff.

Just one game, though we ca't take it away from them, is not enough.
Many times i have seen Amodu totally lost and bereft of Ideas when it matters most.
What does he want to do now, that he failed to do in his previous spells?

For now, let's see how we can just scrample out a qualification ticket for 2010.
I have told myself i won't watch the Super Eagles if we qualify for the world cup and Amodu gets to take us there.


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